What is Learn About Cancer Day?

Learn About Cancer Day is a day-long seminar and tour of research facilities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The event is aimed at high school students from metropolitan Denver who are enrolled in Advanced Placements or International Baccalaureate biology or chemistry classes.

The goal of Learn About Cancer Day is to ignite students' interest in biomedical fields, specifically cancer-related research and to increase community awareness of the University of Colorado Cancer Center capabilities as a research and therapeutic center.

Participants are exposed to short lectures on multiple aspects of cancer such as biological mechanisms, prevention, epidemiology, methods of diagnosis and staging, including profiling, bioinformatics and types of therapy.

Intercalated with the lectures, small groups of students tour scheduled research labs to speak one-on-one to technicians, graduate student or faculty members for one hour. Students are also able to check out cancer treatment equipment during lab tours.

Past topics:

  • How to Prevent Cancer - Is Tanning a Bad Idea? - Neil Box, PhD
  • Vaping - What's the Big Deal?
  • How to Treat Cancer - Sarah Milgrom, MD
  • Q&A Session with Young Breast Cancer Survivors - Anosheh Afghahi, MD

Learn About Cancer Day is offered to 120 students per event and is held each year in the spring and fall

More About Learn About Cancer Day

Learn About Cancer Day 2019

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Jill Penafiel

Education Program Manager